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Grandpa’s Last Ride

Last Friday afternoon Kenneth Wilkinson, 22, was sentenced to 25-to-life with a possibility of parole in 23 years. Wilkinson has already served two years in custody for killing his grandfather,…

Pete’s Last Dash

Peter Richardson’s crime spree is over, his drinking and driving days done, and he’s sitting in the county jail on a no-bail hold awaiting sentencing for five felonies. Considering that…

Bring Me The Head of Johnny Valdez

“Could you repeat that, dispatch? The transmission must be garbled. It sounded like you said there was a home invasion on Laws Avenue…Over?” “Roger that, Laws Avenue. Please respond Code…

Red-Riding Hood’s Mommy — A Wolf?

A lot of ghouls come through the Mendocino County Courthouse, scary characters who seem to gallop down from deep in the hills as the rest of us silently wonder: “These…

What’s In Your Wallet?

“Nicole Wright?” Not a soul in the crowded courtroom stirred when her name was called. She was just another anonymous fish in drab green jailhouse coveralls. But the apparent Ms.…

Sharecroppers

Sharecroppers

My grandfather was a sharecropper — otherwise I would have been as ignorant of it as the pot pharmas are who practice it today. It’s a holdover from feudalism, established…

Runaway Red

Most of us shoot ourselves in the foot from time to time, metaphorically anyway, but Kenneth McCarty shot himself in the foot then ran over his other foot. Not on…

Asians & Abalone

Abalone poaching is a multi-ethnic enterprise, but the perception in Mendocino County is that Asians do most of it. Do they, or is it racism talking? Dung Tri Bui’s all-white…

Bush Hippies Brawl

It all started at a trimming session during harvest season in Laytonville. It was hot, the pot sticky, the vibe hostile bordering on angry. It was time for a break,…

Boss Kelly

The preliminary hearing for Kelly Boss of Philo ended in a holding order last week, which means the state showed up with enough evidence to make a reasonable person, Ukiah…

The Acetone Defense

The first time Peter Richardson went to the venerable Water Trough bar on South State Street in Ukiah was back in the late 1950s or early 1960s (he doesn’t remember…

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